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OREXIS OF DEATH

Necromandus

 

Heavy Prog

3.95 | 25 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars One of the hidden gems in the heavy prog genre.

Necromandus was from Cumbria in the north west of England. Cumbria has and is still fostering a lot of good prog and heavy bands. There was a very healthy live scene in Cumbria and the like of The Beatles, Black Widow and in particular Black Sabbath was touring this area quite extensive. I doubt if Black Sabbath is playing Cumbria next year though. And their connection to Necromandus is quite important because Tony Iommi took Necromandus under his wings and managment.

I got the impression that I was in for a heavy slab of metal when I saw the band name and album title. I was wrong. Necromandus has been described as a crossover between Black Sabbath and Yes. A good description in my view. Necromandus is a bit more mainstream and also includes influences from Cressida, Fruupp and The Beatles in their sound and music. There are also some US west coast rock (Eagles) and folk rock in their sound too. The music is surprising melodic, but not soft as in pop.

The problem this band faced is the lack of any killer tracks on this album. Hence the obscurity of both the band and this album. But a song like the rather haunting beautiful Homicidal Psychopath is a great song. The rest of the material is good too and this makes this an album I am sure many in PA would really enjoy. Probably more than I do enjoy it. Check it out.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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